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Marktrumpet - Grand Enchantment Trail Journal - 2014

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City: Saint Louis
State: MO
Begins: Mar 10, 2014
Direction: Eastbound

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Date: Tue, Apr 8th, 2014

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New plans

Needless to say, I have not started my GET hike. Things got even crazier and more sad since my last post. A few days later my wife's mother suddenly passed away at the age of 67. This turned out to be the exact wrong time to schedule a 7-week thru-hike, so I'm at home, helping my wife with her being the "personal representative." For you kids at home, that the new legal jargon for "executor," so this means we've been dealing with mounds of paperwork and learning new words like "probate" and "decedent." But she's been quite the trooper, and I've been here supporting her.

Next week we get to steal away for a week-long trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon: our favorite spot anywhere. We got married at the Grand Canyon, and have taken several backpacking trips in the canyon before and since. We also have some good friends in Flagstaff with whom we'll visit. This will be a badly needed escape and respite.

Then, she's flying home to go back to work, and I (my wife is so good to me) am flying to Albuquerque to hike the last portion of the GET. I'm going to start at the southern end of the Manzanos and head north. I probably will make my own ending, finishing with the Sandia north crest trail, rather than La Luz. I've hiked La Luz over a dozen times, but never the whole Sandia crest trail. I think it'll be a nice springtime gift to get to traverse the Manzanos, Manzanitas, and Sandias.

Hopefully my next post will actually be on-trail!

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The Grand Enchantment Trail is a 730-mile wilderness walking route across the Southwest U.S., connecting mountains, deserts, canyons, and places of cultural and historic interest. Beginning in the Sonoran desert near Phoenix Arizona, the route meanders eastward, crossing unique and diverse Sky Island mountain ranges, deep and water-blessed desert canyons, the pine-studded Continental Divide, and toward the southernmost Rocky Mountains, where it descends dramatically to the outskirts of Albuquerque New Mexico at its distant terminus. Learn more:


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